NBC paid off the producer, who accused Chris Matthews of harassment, report says

Chris Matthews, pictured here in April, is the host of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews” since 1997.

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NBC paid thousands of dollars to an assistant producer on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” almost two decades ago, after a sexual harassment complaint against the old host, The Daily Caller reported Saturday.

The website, citing two sources, reported NBC paid the woman $40,000 to settle her claim against Matthews in 1999. An NBC spokesperson told The Daily Caller, the network paid a smaller, unspecified amount as part of a severance package.

The woman complained to officers that Matthews, now 71, had made inappropriate comments to her and made inappropriate jokes about her to others.

An MSNBC spokesman told The Daily Caller that Matthews was slapped with a formal reprimand at the time that the woman’s complaint. The website reported that the network decided that the complaints were “inappropriate and juvenile,” but those were not intended as propositions.

Matthews has hosted “Hardball” on MSNBC since 1997. He is also host of the syndicated “Chris Matthews Show” between 2002 and 2013, and is the author of eight books, most recently a biography of Robert Kennedy.

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